When a math game and a colorful tub of playdough mix into one activity, it’s sure to be a hit with kids! Get your students excited about ten frames and number recognition from 0-20 with these fun playdough number mats.
To prep the number game, I printed my playdough number mats and matching cards on cardstock and laminated them for durability.
Using scissors, I cut down the black lines on the cards and sorted them by category. I placed all the ten frames cards in a pile and all the numbers cards in a second pile.
We were ready to begin!
Playdough Number Games
In our small group, I laid out the number cards face up on a table for visibility and made a stack of the 10 frame cards face down to create a drawing deck.
The first student drew a card from the deck and counted the dots on the ten frame.
She determined it was a nine, so she scanned all the numbers face up on the table looking for a match.
When she discovered the whole number 9 card, she placed the match together at the side of the table.
Then, we went in a circle and students took turns pulling a ten frame card from the deck and counting the dots to identify the number.
After we practiced matching all of the numbers, I passed out a playdough mat and tub of playdough to each student. It was time for a new number game!
I mixed up the number cards and placed them face down on the table.
Each child drew a card, said the number out loud and created its value on the mat using playdough.
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